This month, Showmax brings subscribers a total of 17 new series, seven of which have never been seen before in SA, plus must-watch documentaries, brand-new local stand-up comedy, and star-studded Hollywood movies.
Here are the shows we’re most looking forward to in May, followed by the full listing by date.
Game of Thrones S8 | Episodes 4, 5, 6 | Mondays at 22:00
One of the biggest shows in history concludes with its final three episodes and an ending no one will see coming. In the eighth season of the epic award-winning fantasy series, disparate characters unite to fight a common enemy.
Game of Thrones – The Last Watch
As the world prepares to bid adieu to one of the biggest shows in history, we take a look back at where it all started, what went on behind the scenes and how we got here.
A Discovery of Witches | First on Showmax
Historian Diana discovers an ancient manuscript that threatens the fragile peace between witches, vampires, demons and humans. She has no choice but to embrace her own status as a witch, and investigate the riddles in the text.
Animals S3 | First on Showmax
From drunken rats who misplaced their car to stuck-up horses, the characters in the third season of the hilarious and fearless animated series continue to push the envelope in a post-apocalyptic New York devoid of human beings.
Burden of Truth S1 | First on Showmax
Kristen Kreuk executive produces and stars as Joanna Hanley, a hot-shot lawyer who defends a pharmaceutical company but soon finds herself switching sides to fight for a group of sick girls.
Barry S2 | First on Showmax
Bill Hader is brilliant as hitman-turned-actor Barry. He swore he would give up his life of crime, but it seems it won’t be easy for him to make a clean break. Detective Moss is still missing and Barry has some explaining to do.
Charmed S1 | New episodes every week, same time as DStv
A reboot of the 90s hit show. After the death of their mother, three sisters – Mel, Macy and Maggie – discover they are “the charmed ones”, meaning they are powerful witches, and are able to protect humankind from demonic beings.
Project Blue Book S1 | First on Showmax
College professor Dr J Allen Hynek is recruited by the US Air Force to investigate UFO encounters in the 1950s. Inspired by the real-life top-secret Project Blue Book operation.
Editor’s note: Project Blue Book will be launching on Showmax in July.
Gentleman Jack | New episodes every week, same time as DStv
Yorkshire, England, 1832. Landowner Anne Lister will do whatever it takes to save her ancestral home, and that includes marrying well – but not to a man. Based on the story of the real-life Anne and her search for a wife.
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley | Same time as DStv
This brilliantly directed documentary dives into the scandal that rocked Silicon Valley. Elizabeth Holmes became the world’s youngest billionaire thanks to her blood-testing invention. But overnight, it all came crashing down.
The Bachelor S1
The first-ever South African Bachelor is fitness model and entrepreneur Lee Thompson. Through a series of heart-stopping rose ceremonies, he’ll whittle down the group of 24 gorgeous women until he’s left with the love of his life.
What else is on?
Here are all the movies and series confirmed for the month of May so far. Our Plum Picks are in bold. Please note that shows and dates were correct at time of publishing.
- A Discovery of Witches | First on Showmax
- Animals S3 | First on Showmax
- Burden of Truth S1 | First on Showmax
- Survivor S32–34
- In the Long Run S1
- The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’
- Game of Thrones S8, episode 4
- The Fixer S1-6
Changing Lanes (2002)
- The Bachelor SA S1 | Boxset
- Kiri and Lou S1 | First on Showmax
Kappa Mikey S1
Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
- Charmed S1, episode 1
- Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018)
- Game of Thrones S8, episode 5
- Ring of Lies S2
The Parlotones: This Is Our Story
Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood S4
- Escape at Dannemora
- Miss Sloane (2016)
- The Founder (2016)
- Game of Thrones – The Last Watch
Armed Response (2017)
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- Gentleman Jack, episode 1
- Last Laugh | First on Showmax
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Sense of An Ending (2017)